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Jean Bailey

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 21:46

yes TT, it's all about where the money flows really, and who you know. Politicians always look after each other, you telling me that this high speed line, which will actually take longer than the main service once you factor in getting across town, hasn't had many palms greased? This whole idea of a high speed train is flawed, you get to birmingham then take 40 mins to get to the next station.. which is 3 miles away but across the city. Some serious cash has gone into pockets on this, hence why it's being forced through. Another white elephant.

Jean Bailey

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 21:16

Yes GG, the problem is, you develop a piece of land, even just a nice ornamental garden, then you are in a grey area, and the authorities don't like grey areas, because it allows the scummier side of society to take liberties. Unfortunately that is the way society is, but I'd prefer there is zero tolerance and my kids and grandkids and great grandkids can still enjoy the UK and it's wildlife, than allow precedent on greenbelt land. Yes it's a lovely garden, yes it's really harsh, but that is the regulations, the minute you make exceptions is when you basically shouldn't have made the law in the first place.

Fork Handles

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 21:07

Bloody hell Dean, you've damn well dug it already! Very nice bud, most envious!

On a duller note, boiler drained and out with the fan heaters for tonight!!! Mind I did sow some allium I collected last year, so not all bad. Chilli haven't germinated yet, but they are from a supermarket, the birdeye ones, reckon they'll still come? Well I'll let you know!

I will say I've been watching the 'how to be a gardener series on youtube, and by 'eck, Alan titchmarsh is epic.. makes monty look positively boring in comparison, (and I like monty!) Anyways, it's given me some enthusiasm which can't be bad, here's a link to the veggy one, but if you click on the MrGrizzerBear or the 69 videos next to it, you can find all the parts in the series. Most enjoyable watching while the snow was falling.

Jean Bailey

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 20:54

Much as it maligns me, as I do love a nice garden especially with a nice pond, (one in the planning stages already!) I have to go with the law on this one, but not just on people who make nice gardens on greenbelt, but on everyone who nicks greenbelt. As I said, and I believe the geoff-monster (dressing-gown aside, or should I say open) agrees with, if you let somebody have this, then it sets precedent for everyone else, before you know it there's no greenbelt  left. It's a tough case, but if they take this lovely garden to task, they should also take all the unscrupulous, ie the dodgey chicken farmers, gypsies that just set up, etc. The land is greenbelt for a reason, yes it's a nice garden, but when the house is sold, someone else might build an extension or brick buildings on it, then it isn't a lovely garden, it's brick development on greenbelt land. That's the bit most aren't seeing, deeds last forever, so this property could be 100 or 200 years down the road with stuff then being built on it with no impunity.

Compostable Kitchen Caddy Liners

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 20:42

ahhh, you see, it's about the frequency of the emptying, I certainly would find my bin ponged if I left it all week, hence I don't. This also should be a consideration on the positioning of the compost bin/heap, if it's in passing, then it isn't any effort. As I said, bags? What is the need?

Fork Handles

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 12:31

Hoping the sun comes back out, I started to get my workbench saw pencil tape etc, then the sun disappeared and that biting cold was back again. Ah well! sorting my seed packets today I think, supposed to be raining and warmer come Friday, so maybe there's hope for sowing this weekend.

Fork Handles

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 11:27
sotongeoff wrote (see)

I've just opened the door in my dressing gown


sotongeoff wrote (see)

I can hear that the angels? it is the phone..................................................viewing for today cancelled

You often open your dressing-gown for viewings? You got a big Pampas out in the front garden?

Jean Bailey

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 11:23

It is a sad story, but the person at fault here is the solicitor, not the lady or the council. She will easily have a case if the paperwork from the solicitor doesn't mention anything about development. I think the whole point of going to the papers is they have actually examined the documents (which will be standard letters pre drawn up) and found they were told it shouldn't be developed. Whether they didn't realise that a garden counts as non-agriculural development is by the by, ignorance is no form of defence. You can't drive at 60 in a 30 zone then claim to the police you didn't know it was a 30, you'll still be nicked!

Yes it seems stupid, but rules are there for a reason, this sets a precedent, so everyone else can have similar chunks added to their gardens, before you know it, acres of greenbelt has gone! It seems harsh on this lady but not everyone will make a nice garden, some will just leave it go overgrown etc. They need to be enforcing this everywhere, because loads of Greenbelt land is disappearing fast.

I also find it odd that considering they have had ponds all their lives, why have fish if you want frogs and newts? I don't believe the newts will be great crested, otherwise that'd be all over the paper too. Anyways, a harsh lesson, but goes to show do your preperation work thoroughly, can get very expensive!

Frozen seeds?

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 10:53

Some seeds only grow if they get a couple of weeks (sometimes longer!) low temperatures, infact some seeds you may need to stick in your fridge before they will germinate correctly, the process is called stratification. Problem will be if the seeds had already germinated then got whacked with the frost.. it's a suck it and see I'm afraid, but I haven't sown anything other than some chilli seeds myself, was going to this week but with the weather I'm happy to wait. Even if they all have snuffed it, you've already prepped the soil so just resow, a week or two won't make a huge difference in the grand scheme of things. Good Luck.

Fork Handles

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 10:47

this convo is surely heading for a train-wreck!

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